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Neighbourhood “At War” with Seagulls

By Andie Sophia Fontaine

Photo: Andreas Trepte/CC BY-SA 2.5.

A neighbourhood of the Reykjavík suburb of Garðabær has been fighting an on-going war of attrition against a determined and seemingly unstoppable foe: seagulls.

Noisy mornings, cats in danger

The Sjálandshverfi neighbourhood of Garðabær is situated near the sea, and this time of year is nesting time for seagulls. Seagulls have been nesting on top of an apartment building in the area, RÚV reports, causing all kinds of trouble for residents.

“They’re very noisy, and there doesn’t seem to be any rest from sleep in the mornings,” one resident, Eiríkur Sigurðsson, told reporters. “Incredible noise all day long, too. But the seagulls also seems to be a bit aggressive, too, in some instances. Yesterday there was an attack on a cat, and some have talked about joggers getting attacked by seagulls a bit like Arctic terns do.”

Nests removed, nests return

Residents have been engaging in the risky practice of climbing onto the roof of the building to remove the nests the seagulls make. Three to six eggs are removed each time, but this has done little to deter the seagulls, who simply build new nests and lays more eggs instead.

Residents have set up a special Facebook group to organise the campaign against the seagulls, likening it to a war. In the meantime, they have also been in contact with the municipal council on the possibility of setting up masts that emit high frequency sounds and might deter birds from approaching.

In the meantime, the fight goes on.

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